Finance Investment and Risk Committee

  • Chair – Christopher Edwards
  • Peter Fekete
  • Alan Lahiff
  • Karen Vernon
  • Andrew Matthews


Christopher Edwards FCA, CPA, BSc(Econ) with Hons, GAICD
Treasurer and Chair of Audit, Finance, Investment and Risk Committee

Mr Chris Edwards is a senior finance executive with both Australian and international experience in CFO roles mostly in the financial services sector with companies including HSBC, Prudential Insurance and Colonial First State. He has also worked in the IT industry and at QANTAS. 

In addition to financial responsibilities, Mr Edward’s roles have included responsibility for strategic and business planning, risk, internal audit/compliance, property management, investment management, customer service, and IT. 

Mr Edwards has focussed on supporting the strategic and commercial operations of organisations by improving transparency of performance, ensuring that business decisions are based on sound analysis, prioritising scarce resources and by identifying risks together with minimising, monitoring and controlling their potential impact. 

Mr Edwards holds a BSc(Econ) with Hons from the London School of Economics and trained as a Chartered Accountant with PwC in London, migrating to Sydney on qualifying. Mr Edwards is a member of CPA Australia and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Directors.


Mr Peter Fekete BBus, FCA

Peter Fekete is a member of the Audit, Finance, Investment & Risk Committee of the Stroke Foundation. Peter was a Partner in the firm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers from 1984 until his retirement in 2009, specialising in audit and corporate advisory services to a wide range of national and international listed entities.

Peter served as Honorary Treasurer of the Victoria Racing Club for eight years and is a current Board member of that club. Peter also currently serves as Chairman or Board member for a number of non-listed entities in the media and hospitality industries.

Alan Lahiff

Alan Lahiff is a member of the Audit, Finance, Investment and Risk Committee of the Stroke Foundation. 

Alan is a senior consultant at PwC and has been with PwC for 7 and a half years, doing mainly external and internal audits specialising in the information technology general controls (ITGCs) audits. 

Alan went to the University of Melbourne and graduated with a commerce degree majoring in accounting and management. He then went on to do a graduate diploma of chartered accounting (CA). He is currently about to study a certified information systems auditor (CISA). 

Alan suffered a stroke in March 2015 and has since recovered much of his right leg and part of his right arm. He attends a fortnightly stroke chat with the people from the Young Stroke Survivors Group (YSSG). 

In his spare time he likes to cook and bake, follow the NFL (American gridiron), and follow the political news. 


Ms Karen Vernon  BA(Hons) LLB GAICD

Karen Vernon
Ms Karen Vernon is a barrister practicing at Francis Burt Chambers in Western Australia.  Ms Vernon graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 1990 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1994.

She has practiced law for over 20 years, beginning her career at national law firm Phillips Fox in 1994, before becoming a partner of Metaxas & Vernon in 1999.  Ms Vernon worked in London between 2003 and 2004 at law firm William Sturges, but returned to Perth when her father suffered a stroke.  Upon her return to Perth, Ms Vernon worked as a senior legal officer with the Commonwealth DPP before joining the independent bar in 2005.  Her diverse practice areas include commercial litigation, criminal law and industrial relations, and she has represented individual, corporate and national clients across Australia in the High Court, Federal Court, national commissions and all jurisdictions within WA.

Ms Vernon has been a company director and board member of a number of organisations during the last 15 years, and currently sits on the board of WA Bar Chambers Ltd and on the advisory board of Vincentcare WA, a charity providing mental health supported accommodation and recovery services.